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Friendly International: Poland vs Finland preview

Kick-off: Saturday, 26 March @16:30 GMT

Venue: Stadion Miejski (Wroclaw)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Poland vs Finland 0-0 (2010 Friendly International)
Finland vs Poland 0-1 (2008 Friendly International)
Finland vs Poland 0-0 (Euro 2008 qualifiers)
Poland vs Finland 1-3 (Euro 2008 qualifiers)
Poland vs Finland 0-0 (2000 Friendly International)

Poland vs Finland prediction

Buoyed by a hard-fought win over Serbia, Poland take on Finland at Stadion Miejski in yet another warm-up game. Adam Nawalka’s men are after their fifth consecutive win on the international stage, but the Finns should not be underestimated.

Better result than performance

Poland did record a 1-0 win over Serbia in Wednesday’s friendly, but the team’s performance in the game against the Eagles was anything but impressive. The Poles scored an early goal thanks to Kuba Blaszczykowski and they eventually managed to defend their slim lead. It has to be noted, though, that Serbia had more shots on Poland during the game, meaning that Adam Nawalka’s men will have to improve their game if they are to play an important role at the 2016 European Championship finals. Robert Lewandowski is likely to keep his place up front and the opposition defenders should find it hard to contain the Bayern Munich ace. Poland are eyeing their fifth consecutive win in all competitions, but Adam Nawalka’s charges will have to prove their worth on the field.

Gregorz Krychowiak is obviously fully fit and he is likely to keep his place in the starting line-up. Wojciech Szczesny is widely expected to start in goal this time out, with Lukasz Fabianski dropping to the bench. Coach Adam Nawalka is likely to stick to the 4-4-2 formation.

Poor form

Finland finished their Euro 2021 qualifying campaign in fourth place in Group F and, as a result, they will not take part at the European Championship finals. The Huuhkajat did not kick off their preparations for the WC qualifiers in style, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Sweden and Iceland. The Finns failed to score in previous two warm-up games and they will be aiming to put an end to their goalless run when they take on Poland at Stadion Miejski on Saturday. New coach Hans Backe is eyeing first win as Finland boss, but beating Adam Nawalka’s troops is easier said than done. Brondby attacker Teemu Pukki will be the man to watch in the away side and you should know that he has netted eight goals for the Finnish national team so far. Pukki, failed to find the net for the Huuhkajat in the Euro 2021 qualifiers.

Jukka Raitala has received a call-up, but Markus Halsti misses the Poland game. Tim Vayrynen returns to the squad after missing the January friendlies. Kasper Hamalainen and Paulus Arajuuri, who are playing in the Polish first division, made the squad as well.

Quick Facts

  • Poland are on a five-game winning run at home
  • Adam Nawalka’s men suffered their last loss at home on 5 March, 2014 (Scotland)
  • Robert Lewandowski has already scored 33 goals for the national team
  • Finland failed to score in last two friendly matches
  • Hans Backe’s men suffered only one defeat in previous four away fixtures
  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of Finland’s last four games on the road

Poland vs Finland betting tip

Poland are superior to Finland and that is more than obvious, but favourites on paper will have to prove their worth on the field. Seeing that coach Adam Nawalka fielded the best possible side against Serbia, he could mix the squad against Finland, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered.

Tip: Poland/Poland to win

Odds: 2.30 (13/10) @Unibet

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